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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Sep 8, 2010 1:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever changing fanbase of the DEAD...?

I'm with you on that point. Also would judge by the behavior during a long jam later on - lots more beach-ball tossing, bathroom breaks, light another fatty for entertainment, etc. Especially agree: " jams in the late 70s were not the same as the early days. Think of an Eleven vs space...apples and oranges." I do enjoy drum solos, but they better be good and to the point, 3-4 minutes seems more than enough time, whereas a good rendition of The Eleven would have riveted me totally.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 8, 2010 6:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ever changing fanbase of the DEAD...?

Gotta define the terms, though. Jams don't equal space, and the disappearance of, say, DS and the Eleven didn't mean the disappearance of jams within songs. Also, late 70s isn't "late."

Maybe it would be clearer if we gave the mini-eras fruit names, since it's apples and oranges, but also peaches and pears and bananas and ... what does, say, 85 get? Kiwi, for the fozziness? Are the last few years a persimmon?